Very slowly, but making progress. And to do that, just like writing (or pretty much anything), I need a goal to build the habits.
I have twenty pounds to drop to get to a decent running weight. Thirty pounds to feel lighter. So about three months or so ago, I actually started to pay attention to what I was eating, calories (yes, I know, but this is the way that works for me.) Eating rounded meals and watching it all, and over the last month I very seldom missed my 1500 to 1800 calories day. Portions and better snacks helped.
My regular search on my phone is how many calories something is.
But I did not ramp up the exercise enough as I controlled the eating, even though I was building it up slowly with walking. Just not enough, so lost very little weight. No real surprise.
So now, over the last three weeks I am ramping up the exercise. I am doing 5 miles per day walking on a streak, have not missed in over a week and I want to see how long I can keep this streak alive.
And twice a week at the gym I add in a little running, being very careful of feet and knees with this extra weight. (gym has an indoor, air-conditioned track)
Today I dropped Kris off at the gym since she was going to run two miles, then do an hour-long exercise class. I went and got gas and came back and on the indoor track there I did a 5K walking, not stopping. (Just over 6,000 of my steps at 3.1 miles.) I got the other two miles in general stuff and walking a mile late tonight. My Fitbit tells me that if I was 30 pounds under this weight (I have it set there), I burned 2,550 calories. And today, very balanced, I ate 1,500 calories.
I am going to need to increase the intensity of the workouts and also do a bunch of cross-training in the gym (had a trainer, so know how safely), to really get the weight dropping.
But the weight is only the first goal. Kris and I are signing up for just about every 5K charity run we can find this fall, starting in the middle of September. (I might jump up to 10K if I get in shape.) Just about one every weekend from the middle of September to the middle of January.
So my real goal is to get down in weight so I can safely run, and then win some of my age brackets in some of these 5K races. Then do a half marathon for the Rock&Roll here in Vegas in late February and a full marathon again in March.
So two full months to the first 5K run. 9 weeks. I will be happy with one pound lost a week until then, and then keep it going into the fall, being down the full 30 by the half marathon. My personal best for the half is 2 hours, 56 minutes, 32 seconds. I am pretty sure I can beat that and if I don’t injure a foot again around mile six and keep going, I know I can beat my marathon time.
I assume that when the races start, you will see lots of pictures here and on Kris’s Facebook page. (grin) And we’ll help a lot of great charities along the way.
(Image of what I will look like for most runs coming up, only my hair is now longer.)